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What is a Girl Scout patch?

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A Girl Scout patch is a supplementary insignia that girls receive for participating in a special event or activity. They are worn on the back of their uniform.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has several patch programs that girls can participate in by completing the requirements below!


National and Council Patch Programs

110‚ÄĒPast. Present. Future.
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Celebrate the 110th anniversary of Girl Scouts by earning a commemorative patch! When you participate in this patch program, you'll have the opportunity to learn Girl Scout history, complete old badge programs, create a time capsule for 2022, and more! Plus, you'll invest in the future by completing a service project of your choice. As a council, we hope to complete 110 service projects in 110 days. Do your part to create a brighter future for Girl Scouts everywhere!

Ready to get started? Download the activity guide!

Activity Requirements
Each grade level requires 3 steps to earn this patch.

Bat's So Awesome
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Look up to the sky: it’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s a BAT! Bats are one of the most misunderstood creatures in the world. Find out more about these interesting and unique animals by completing the steps for your age level with your troop. 

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Camp Champ

Girl Scouts will be able to explore the outdoors where girls can be messy, make noise, and be active. Outdoor adventures have been an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience since 1912. Through the Camp Champ patch program, girls will spend time outdoors, learn to think creatively, and make their own discoveries.

The Be a Camp Champ Patch Program is for girls of all levels, and is designed to get your group excited about the outdoors, with the main patch to be completed before you go to a camp, and the extensions for you to complete by staying at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio camp properties.

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

Activity Requirements
Patch activities are listed based on previous outdoor experiences. Choose the activities that best match your troop's interests and/or skill level:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

To earn your Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Be a Camp Champ patch, complete steps 1-5 (based on your skill level) to earn the main patch and purchase it in one of our shops. Complete steps 6 and 7 at each camp property to purchase the Camp Extension patches.

Note: you must make a camp reservation in order to explore GSWO camp properties. Click here to reserve a spot at camp.

Camp Extension Patch Activity Sheets

Family Adventure Patch

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is excited to announce the Family Adventure Patch!

Complete at least six of the activities below and post a photo or video of you and your family engaged in an activity to social media (tag with #GirlScoutsFamilyAdventure).

1.      Show your Girl Scout spirit! Rock your favorite Girl Scout gear and have your family members wear Girl Scout green.

2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Make s‚Äômores together over a campfire, in an oven, or even in¬† a microwave‚ÄĒa sweet Girl Scout tradition. Did you know Girl Scouts is credited with creating the s‚Äômores recipe?

3.      Research Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and have a discussion about her life during dinner.

4.      Interview your family members to find out if they were Girl Scouts. Learn what was different and same then versus now.

5.      Spend time outdoors together. Go on  a hike, take a nature walk, go camping, or pursue another outdoor adventure as a family.

6.      Identify an issue in the community that is important to your family, and do a community service project together.

7.      Attend a Girl Scout event together.

8.      Find out how your family can help your Girl Scout troop.

9.      Visit the G.I.R.L. Resource Center at your regional office, and explore the retail store to see what badges you may want to earn.

10. Show your troop leader appreciation, by writing or drawing a thank you note.

Patches are available for purchase at council stores.

Future Voter
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Girl Scouts will be prepared to lead the change in their town, state, and country as part of our ongoing mission to make the world a better place! How? Start by earning the Democracy badge for your age level. Through these badges you will gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works. Then continue to build the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a good citizen by earning your Future Voter patch.

Through this Council’s Own Patch Program, girls will explore our nation’s political systems, learn about voting rights, and be inspired to be active citizens who promote the vote in their communities.  

To earn your Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Future Voter patch, complete the required number of steps for your age level and purchase your patch in one of our shops. 

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

Activity Requirements
Activity requirements per grade level include:

  • Daisies: 3 steps, including 1 starred item
  • Brownies: 4 steps, including 1 starred item
  • Juniors: 5 steps, including 2 starred items
  • Cadettes: 6 steps, including 2 starred items
  • Seniors & Ambassadors: 6 steps, including 3 starred items
Get Outdoors Challenge

Join us for the fourth annual Get Outdoors Challenge! Girls, troops, and families who take part in this program will complete outdoor activites to score points and earn their patch! These activities support work toward badges, journeys, and Take Action Projects. Most importantly, they encourage you to unplug and get outside, where the mind, body, and spirit can grow!

The challenge starts now and ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 12 (which means you can take part in Girl Scouts¬†ūüíö State Parks weekend just in time to score some final points)!

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet

Activity requirements per age level:

  • Daisy: 20
  • Brownie: 25
  • Junior: 30
  • Cadette: 35
  • Senior: 40
  • Ambassador: 45
  • Volunteer: 45
Girl Scout Climate Challenge

Connect with your community to spread awareness about climate change! Made possible by Johnson & Johnson Foundation, the Girl Scout Climate Challenge invites both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts to learn about climate science, connect with their communities, and share hope to create change. The Girl Scout Climate Challenge runs now through November 30, 2022.

Ready to get started? Download the activity guide for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, or the activity guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Activity requirements per age level:

  • Daisy, Brownie, Junior: 10
  • Cadette, Senior, Ambassador: 10
Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate our love of the great outdoors. You have so many options for how to explore‚ÄĒfrom your window, a campsite, the sidewalk, or an open trail. To participate in this national program, complete the required number of activities for your grade level to earn an awesome new patch!

This challenge starts now and ends with¬†Girl Scouts¬†ūüíö State Parks¬†weekend, September 10 - 11, 2022.

Ready to get started? Download the activity guide

Activity requirements per age level:

  • Daisy: 20
  • Brownie: 25
  • Junior: 30
  • Cadette: 35
  • Senior & Ambassador: 40
Girl Scout Tree Promise
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In partnership with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, American Forests, and Johnson & Johnson Foundation, GSUSA has launched a bold tree planting and conservation initiative. Girl Scouts across the country are setting out to plant five million trees in five years, and to protect and honor new and existing trees. Not only is this great for wildlife, it will also help ease the effects of climate change.

Girl Scouts have planted thousands of trees in all 50 states and globally. Let’s keep going!

Ready to take the Girl Scout Tree Promise? Download the activity guide.

Visit GSUSA's webpage for more resources, an online tree tracker, and instructions for unlocking your patch!

Global Team 2022

Join our sister council GSNCA in celebrating the 11th World Games that will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on July 7 ‚Äď 17 by earning a special Global Team 2022 patch! You can learn about The World Games, try some of your own games, and learn more about Birmingham too! Check out the full video at trailblazertv.org.

Ready to get started? Learn more about the patch requirements here.

Hiker Challenge Medallion Program

If you choose to accept the Hiker Challenge, you'll have the opportunity to explore and enjoy GSWO camp properties! If you're new to hiking, starting on our camp trails will help you feel more confident when you're ready for bigger trail adventures.

Each time you hike a trail at one of our camps, you're one step closer to earning that camp's unique hiking medallion. What's a medallion? It's a small, metal "patch" that you can attach to a hiking stick. Work toward medallions for Camp Butterworth, Camp Rolling Hills, Camp Libbey, Camp Whip Poor Will, Camp Stonybrook, and Camp Woodhaven!

  • Butterworth Medallion
  • Rolling Hills Medallion
  • Libbey Medallion
  • Whip Poor Will Medallion
  • Stonybrook Medallion
  • Woodhaven Medallion

Ready for an even bigger challenge? Complete the trails at all six camps to earn the ultimate reward‚ÄĒthe GSWO Hiker Challenge Medallion!

Download the Hiker Challenge Guide to get started.

Note: you must make a camp reservation in order to hike the trails at GSWO camp properties. Click here to reserve a spot at camp.

I Am a Girl Scout!

The ‚ÄúI Am a Girl Scout!‚ÄĚ fun patch is designed to provide Girl Scouts and volunteers of all backgrounds with an opportunity to learn more about the cultures, histories, and traditions of different communities. This is a multi-component patch with the Girl Scout Trefoil in the center and five rocker patches to sew around it to represent participation in Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month activities. Discover how to earn your rocker patches below!

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Black History Month
In February and beyond, we invite you to explore the cultures of the Black and African American communities in your state and across the country as we honor Black History Month. Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

Activity requirements per grade level:

  • Daisies: 3 steps
  • Brownies: 4 steps
  • Juniors: 6 steps
  • Cadettes: 8 steps
  • Seniors: 10 steps
  • Ambassadors: 12 steps

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate the cultural richness of all people in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, and the many contributions the community has made and continues to make across our nation. Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet in English or Spanish!

Activity requirements per grade level:

  • Daisies: 3 steps
  • Brownies: 4 steps
  • Juniors: 6 steps
  • Cadettes: 8 steps
  • Seniors: 10 steps
  • Ambassadors: 12 steps

Native American Hertigage Month
Girls Scouts invites you to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people and acknowledge the many contributions that the Native American community has made and continues to make across our nation. Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

Activity requirements per grade level:

  • Daisies: 3 steps
  • Brownies: 4 steps
  • Juniors: 6 steps
  • Cadettes: 8 steps
  • Seniors: 10 steps
  • Ambassadors: 12 steps

LGBTQ+ Pride Month - more patch information coming soon!


Asian American Pacific Islander Hertiage Month - more patch information coming soon!

 

Invite a Friend

Are you having a blast as a Girl Scout? Do you have friend who would love to join in on the fun? Now she can join, and you can earn an awesome patch!

After you and your friend have completed your membership for the year, fill out the Invite a Friend form and we will send both of you an Invite a Friend patch!

Please note that both girls need to be registered members to receive the patch.

Media Star Patch
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The Marketing and Communications Department at GSWO has created a patch Girl Scouts across western Ohio can now earn: the Media Star Patch!

Girls receive the patch when their story is featured in the media or by GSWO. This includes social media channels, the GSWO Blog, the GSWO website, or local media. Stories can be about one independent Girl Scout, or it can be about an entire troop.

Simply submitting a story does not automatically qualify someone for the Media Star Patch; it must be featured.

How do I submit my story?
To submit your story, visit gswo.org/shareyourstory!

What increases my odds of having my story featured?
There are a lot of things that can increase your chances! Here are some tips:

  • Include photos or videos with your submission (but make sure you have the media releases for any girls in the photos or videos‚ÄĒthat responsibility is with the person who submits, not the MarComm department). Photos or videos with girls in uniform are especially encouraged!
  • Showcase what they were doing, where and when they were doing it, and why the girls chose to do this.
  • Please include your troop number, community, and age level.
  • Explain how your girl or girls were a G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)‚ĄĘ.
  • Take Action projects and other events in the community do especially well.

If you’re still not quite sure, we suggest looking at other stories that have been featured in the past!

Who receives the patch?
The Media Star Patch is only for girls; none are given to adults.

If it is an entire troop who participated in the activity, each girl in the troop gets a patch (even if she isn’t in the photo that is featured!). If it is a story about one or a few Girl Scouts that did an activity outside of a troop, only the girls involved receive a patch.

If we feature the story of something a Girl Scout did, but she is now an adult member, she does not receive a patch.

I submitted my photo for the Program Events Guide. Do I get a patch?
To receive the Media Star Patch, you must have your story featured, not simply your photo. You’re welcome to submit the same photo(s) in the Share Your Story form, but make sure to include a captivating story with it!

Can I receive the patch more than once?
Yes! There is a new patch each year. Only one patch will be given out per calendar year (2017, 2018, 2019, etc.; not per membership year), but continue submitting stories each year and you may get more!

My story was featured on the media. Why didn’t I get a patch?
The Marketing and Communications Department is always looking for stories of our girls featured in the media, but we don’t always catch every story! If you were contacted by the media and don’t think the Marketing and Communications department was aware of it, simply send us an email with the news story! 

I was featured in a press release. Do I get a patch?
To receive the patch, the press release with your story would need to be picked up by the media and be featured.

Can I just buy the patch?
No, the patch is only available as a thank-you gift from the Marketing and Communications department.

Resilient. Ready. Strong.
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Life isn‚Äôt always easy, but dealing with tricky emotions doesn‚Äôt have to be so hard. Try activities from the Girl Scouts: Resilient. Ready. Strong. program to unlock a patch and strengthen your mental wellness. Nobody can snap their fingers and make the world all sunshine and lollipops, but you can take steps to be ready when things get tough. Go get ‚Äėem, Girl Scout!

Ready to get started? Download the Activity Guide.

Activity requirements per grade level:

  • Daisies and Brownies: 3 steps
  • Juniors and Cadettes: 5 steps
  • Seniors and Ambassadors: 7 steps

Community Sponsored Patch Programs

American Heart Association - Go RED

St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Citi, and the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women, have partnered with the Girl Scouts to educate young girls about their hearts and the importance of keeping them healthy. The goal of the Greater Cincinnati Go Red Girl Scout Patch Program is to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke and the risks that it poses for women. By emphasizing good heart healthy habits early in life, we hope to help girls begin a lifetime of healthy living and help SPREAD THE RED.

In addition, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Citi, and the American Heart Association will host a free Go Red Girl Scout Patch Workshop at least once per year that will allow Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes to earn their patch on one Saturday morning. (Seniors & Ambassadors would need to also take a CPR class to complete their badge).

Click here to find out when the next interactive patch-earning event will be held.

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

Activity Requirements
Activity requirements per grade level:

  • Daisies: 6 steps
  • Brownies: 6 steps
  • Juniors: 6 steps
  • Cadettes: 6 steps
  • Seniors: 6 steps + a CPR training class
  • Ambassadors: 6 steps + a CPR training class

 

Buckeye Trail Service

Service to others has always been an integral part of being a Girl Scout. A Girl Scout tries to help people at all times, being friendly, helpful, considerate, and caring while making the world a better place. Service is sometimes part of a requirement for a badge, patch, or other award, but the service itself is the giving of one’s time and energy without any expectation of receiving anything in return.

In the spirit of service, Girl Scouts can log hours to earn Buckeye Trail patches. The first patch represents the first five hours of service and there are subsequent patches that will each represent five, ten or twenty hours of community service. Girl Scouts should understand that they do not do service to earn buckeye segments, but rather the segments will show how much service they have given.

Click here to learn more about the types of service you can do for this patch program, or to place an order for Buckeye Trail patches.

Contact Lara Cordeiro for more information.

Donate Life

Donate Life America has a free patch and Quick Start Guide for Girl Scout troops! Girls of any age can learn about organ, tissue, and eye donation, educate their community about the facts, or even do a service learning project to raise awareness about the need for donors.

For materials and patch information, contact Brett Milam.

The Dragonfly Foundation

The Dragonfly Foundation helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy. Since 2010, Dragonfly has supported thousands of kids and adults by providing emotional, relational, and practical support before, during, and beyond treatments. Dragonfly’s Student and Girl Scout Programs invite kids of all ages to use their friendships, time, and talents to help make the world a kinder, more compassionate place, especially for our Dragonfly families.

Girl Scouts can earn the new Dragonfly patch while learning about and demonstrating the following characteristics: empathy, gratitude, kindness, respect, teamwork, and leadership.

Girl Scouts can earn the Dragonfly Patch on their own, but it's more fun to work together! Many of the patch requirements will also help the girls to work towards earning Daisy Petals and other badges for Brownies and Juniors!

Dragonfly patches will be awarded to Girl Scouts who:

  • Discover the meaning each of the five characteristics
  • Connect with others to help them better understand the characteristics
  • Create and Complete a ‚ÄúTake Action Challenge‚ÄĚ that shows how empathy, gratitude, kindness, respect, teamwork and leadership make a positive difference in others‚Äô lives.

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

If you have questions about the patch program, please contact The Dragonfly Foundation by email.

Fighting Chance Rescue

Love animals? Looking to make a difference? With the Fighting Chance Rescue patch program, you'll make new discoveries and form new connections as you learn how to identify horses in need, how horses come to the rescue, how they are cared for, and more!

Spend a day at the rescue center - take action by helping with a task on the day of your visit, or bring some wish list items from your local feed store! Examples of wish list items include: horse feed (adult/geriatric), fly spray, wound spray, lage bathing sponges, horse shampoo, and bags of bedding or shaving.

Contact Fighting Chance Rescue by email to schedule your patch program. Cost is $15 per Girl Scout or sibling, and adults can attend for free.

Dress to get dirty! Closed-toed shoes are required.

Girl Coders

Girl Coders is a nonprofit organization that combats the gender gap by offering entry-level coding workshops to encourage young girls in K‚Äď12 to experience STEM in positive, empowering ways. Get inspired to take the first step on your STEM journey with the Girl Coders program - no coding experience necessary!

Each workshop is a one-time, two-hour event that could by easily hosted during a regular troop meeting. After completing a workshop, all girls receive a free embroidered patch as a physical reminder of her accomplishment in completing a coding education program.

Visit girlcoders.net or contact Girl Coders by email to learn more!

Sign to Be Kind

Beech Acres Parenting Center has partnered with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio to bring a new patch program that helps to change the world through KINDNESS!

Make an intentional commitment to put kindness first with your family. Sign the pledge to commit to being more kind to yourself, within your family, in your community, and to the world. Whoa… pretty big undertaking? It’s ok! We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. And while it’s nice when kind acts enter our lives at seemingly random moments, what if everyone approached being kind intentionally?

Kindness, above all your strengths, has the ability to change the world. Being kind makes you feel better physically and emotionally. Kindness improves your relationships with your family. Being kind increases your sense of community and brings you closer to those important persons in your life. Kindness can help shape and improve your world view.

When your troop completes your patch requirements email Beech Acres to receive your patches!

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet!

Activity Requirements
Activity requirements per grade level include:

  • Daisies and Brownies: 4 steps
  • Juniors and Cadettes: 4 steps
  • Seniors & Ambassadors: 4 steps
Stand Beside Her

Teaching girls to be supportive of one another is a lifelong skill that girls can develop at an early age to make friends, support one another, end comparison and competition, and combat bullying.

The National Stand Beside Her Project¬†strives for a world in which all girls can be appreciated for their talents, strengths, and uniqueness. They've created activities for each Girl Scout Grade Level that highlight a part of the Girl Scout Law, teaching girls to ‚ÄúStand Beside Her‚ÄĚ and make the world a better place!

Ready to get started? Download the activity sheet

Once you've completed the required number of activities, you can request Stand Beside Her patches for your troop!

Questions? Please contact the Stand Beside Her Movement by email.

Activity requirements per grade level:

  • Daisies: 4 activities
  • Brownies: 8 activities
  • Juniors: 12 activities
  • CSA: 16 activities

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